LAHORE - Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza of the Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed for not being maintainable a petition seeking creation of three new provinces out of Punjab.

The judge held that the petitioner neither was aggrieved person nor he approached the relevant forum for redressal of his grievances.

Advocate Rana Illumuddin Ghazi had moved the petition submitting that formation of three provinces was essential in the present situation where marginalised areas were suffering from unequal distribution of resources.

He said vested interests of the rulers were preventing formation of new provinces to keep the people of less privileged areas at their mercy.

The lawyer-petitioner suggested that three new provinces, with Multan, Bahawalpur and Rawalpindi as their capitals, should be made out of the present Punjab.

Representation in assemblies

The High Court reserved its verdict on another plea filed by Ghazi that sought ensuring representation of different segments of the society including the farmers in all legislative assemblies.

Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh heard the petition which said the farmers and many other people from other social segments were not being properly represented in the assemblies.

Asserting that their voices were not being heard properly, he pleaded the court to direct relevant quarters to take steps to ensure that these ignored segments are properly represented at all the elected forums.